Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Approximately a month ago I received a pain relief injection in my right shoulder and several hours later pain returned with a vengeance and gradually intensified over days.
A couple of days ago, I had an afternoon appointment with the shoulder surgeon and was told I had reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). He stated there was nothing more medically that would help me.
On the morning of my appointment, I endured the most excruciating right shoulder pain since my accident thirteen years ago. All I could do was ask Jesus to help me bear it. I focused on work instead of the pain and several hours later God numbed the pain.
Apostle Paul’s thorn in the flesh did not stop him from walking in his God given purpose, and neither will mine. Psalm 55:22 tells us to cast our cares on the Lord and He will sustain us; He will never let the righteous be shaken.
Even though my chronic pain is real, and I have also reached MMI in both wrists/hands; and have MRIs ordered for my neck/back, and a CT scan due to post-concussion syndrome symptoms my faith will not be shaken.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress; I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8)
Instead of going through it, I am growing through it. I have no doubt we all hate experiencing pain and suffering, but pain changes people in various ways. It can make or break us but hopefully it makes us stronger to remain steadfast in the faith. What happens to our body when we start an exercise program? It hurts while simultaneously strengthening it.
I will not be moved or shaken from the arms of my God! How can your situation help you be more like Christ while walking on your spiritual journey, or to encourage someone who is not as strong in the faith?